For Valentine's: The Five Best Recent Rockets Bromances
Over the years, the NBA went from a league where practically every player hated each other, to a league where they Tweet to tell how much they miss one another.
Since NBA All-Star Weekend is coming to Houston, some former and present Houston Rockets may get to rekindle the flame of the bromance they once shared with their teammate.
Here's a look at some of the best Rockets bromances over the last couple of years.
5. Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler The two first met during their days at the University of Houston and formed Phi Slama Jama. However, their bromance took a hit when Drexler declared for the 1983 NBA Draft. The two had success as franchise players, with Drexler a part of the Portland Trailblazers and Olajuwon as a Rocket.
However, during the 1994-1995 season, they needed each other. Olajuwon's Rockets were struggling and Drexler's Trailblazers were having a fire sale.
Cupid struck on Valentine's Day 1995, bringing Drexler back to Houston (cue the Peaches and Herb song now!).
The rest is history. The bros swept the Orlando Magic in 1995, winning the championship they missed out on in college. After they both retired, Olajuwon asked Drexler if he would be the one to induct him into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, which is essentially a bro proposal, to which Drexler accepted and said this to Fox 26:
"Hakeem has been like a brother to me since the first time I met him when he came over from Nigeria," Drexler said. "He has always been a special friend and he knows I'm supportive of everything he does and vice versa."
4. Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley If you were to compile a long list of bromances across all of sports, television, etc. the Steve Francis-Cuttino Mobley bromance would be in the upper echelon of that list. The two were inseparable and had a chemistry that other duos could only hope to have. After every shot, dunk or and-1, the duo would share an embrace even stronger than that of a married couple.
During their Rockets tenure, the two did almost everything together, from discussing alley-oops to hanging out with each other's family. When the thought of Francis' daughter and Mobley's son were to get married, Mobley responded, "That would be incest."
Mobley assisted Francis in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, a huge step in their bromance. However, their tenure with the Rockets came to an end when they were both traded to the Orlando Magic, where their bromance would ultimately end.
They were finally split when Mobley was dealt to the Sacramento Kings, in what was to be their darkest day. The two were incredibly hurt. Mobley went on to wear his bro's number 3 with the Kings. Francis took it harder as injuries piled up and he declined statistically.
While the two dominated on the court, they had some special moments off the court. They shared inside jokes, did commercials and may have even watched Brokeback Mountain together.
The bros were often injured, which, at times, makes you wonder, "What could've been?" if they were fully healthy. They never really met expectations since the duo failed to get out of the first round together (not including 2009, since McGrady didn't play, but was technically on the roster).
However, when McGrady made the decision to play in China this season, Yao was one of the people he name-dropped, in what was essentially a letter to the people he loved (awww!). So, the bromance lives on!
2.Yao Ming and Ron Artest While this bromance only lasted for the 2009 season, no one can deny the love these two showed during that time period.
We all know that the player formerly known as Ron Artest isn't afraid to get in a fight, especially for his teammates. When Yao would get bumped, Artest would come to the rescue with a quickness akin to how fast he charged Ben Wallace, after getting hit with a beer.
That bromance helped the Rockets finally get out of the first round in 2009 and created one of the greatest press conferences of all time, where they joked about Artest running into the stands once again and almost drinking a beer.
Sadly, Artest would go on to win a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers the following year. Well, at least the bromance gave birth to one of the most popular memes ever!
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1. Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons I was there when Jeremy Lin made his second appearance since re-signing with the Rockets and he said that the previous night, he slept on Chandler Parsons' couch. Everyone laughed, but he was dead serious, and Parsons later backed him up.
In New York, Lin had Landry Fields as his bro and wondered if he could still produce without himo. When he landed in Houston, he found that bro in Parsons.
The two often hang out together, eat with each other, and have hilarious Twitter conversations.
Also, they've created a handshake together, the ultimate sign of being bros (sorry Fields!)
The bros are signed for the next couple of years, so the bromance should continue to develop. The only thing that Lin should fear is Blake Griffin taking Parsons away from him.
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